2,600 migrants return to Afghanistan from Iran over two days

At least 2,600 migrants entered Afghanistan on April 19-20 both voluntarily and involuntarily from Iran, according to Taliban-led refugees ministry.

The ministry said these individuals entered the country through the Islam Qala-Herat border town.

In a separate statement, the ministry said nearly 700 Afghan migrants were forcibly deported from Pakistan and returned in one day.

On April 21, the ministry reported that Pakistan deported 673 migrants, including 125 families. Of those, 389 entered Afghanistan through the Spin Boldak crossing and 281 through the Torkham crossing.

This follows Pakistan’s initiation of the second phase of its “forced deportation” policy for Afghan migrants, intensifying the process.